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Fur luck: A scene from Oriental inspired deaf aware children's show, The Waving Cat of Japan
Fur luck: A scene from Oriental inspired deaf aware children's show, The Waving Cat of Japan
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This beautiful folk tale is said to bring good luck – and it certainly brings entertainment to deaf and hearing impaired children.

The Waving Cat of Japan comes to venues around the region next week. The Cat is a popular Japanese figurine of folk tales and legends, said to bring good luck.

This Far Eastern adventure, from the unique hearing led and deaf directed Krazy Kat Theatre Company, is performed and taught by an integrated company of deaf and deaf aware performers.

A Bunraku puppet-style theatrical fantasy, it uses traditional Japanese images borrowed from country’s ‘Noh’ and ‘Kabuki’ theatre 
traditions.

With some huge problems to overcome – a tropical storm, a wicked Sorceress, a not so smart Prince and three tricky tasks to do before midnight, it is lucky Maneki Neko the Waving Cat is on hand – or on paw – to help. Krazy Kat cekebrates its 30teh anniversary with this production, lavishly designed by Chris de Wilde, directed by Caroline Parker, and featuring the 
debut of acclaimed deaf 
Japanese choreographer, Chisato Minamimura.

This fast moving funny show, suitable for children from three to seven, runs for 55 minutes and is fully BSL signed throughout.

It arrives next Thursday at Z Arts, Manchester, moving to Southport’s Atkinson and Lancaster Dukes on Saturday May 25. Tickets for Lancaster are £7 or £5 concessions on 01524 598500. For Manchester tickets, call 0161 232 6089 or for Southport, call 01704 533 333.